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IGN goes live with first Kinect software review, goes with 7.5 for Sonic Free Riders

Monday, 1 November 2010 20:39 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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IGN‘s gone live tonight with the first software review for Kinect ahead of its US launch on Thursday.

The title under the firing line? Sonic Free Riders. The score? 7.5.

Here’s a blurb:

“Sonic Free Riders also features bikes, which players control by standing facing the screen and holding their arms out like they’re gripping handlebars. Kicking out still activates boost and all the items control the same. I found the bikes to be tiring on my arms, but on the plus side I was totally able to play the game while sitting on a stool.”

And so begins the flood. The full embargo for Kinect reviews, hardware and software, is tomorrow.

Kinect launches on Thursday in the US, with a November 10 release in the UK and Europe.

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41 Comments

  1. onyxbox

    Oh dear… I shall deduct 3 from every score released for Kinect games in the next 4 months… the novelty should have worn off by then and hopefully the industry will restore it’s sense of reality about this sort of rubbish.

    Unless of course Kinect has dramatically improved sins I had a go at Eurogamer Expo this year I’m just skeptical on how any game can be more than a 6 or 7

    :-/

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    Game looked bad anyway. Surprised it scored that high.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    I wonder how long it’ll be before we see a Microsoft branded gaming stool?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. loki

    don’t trust ign

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Dannybuoy

    You put ya left leg in, ya left leg out, in, out, in, out shake it all about. You do the hokey kokey and turn around, that’s what it’s all about. ohhhh the…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. onyxbox

    ^^^^

    Microsoft has already produced a ‘stool’ … it’s called Kinect :D

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    I’m waiting when it will come out. I want to see youtube videos.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. mathare92

    The review read like a manual. Oh well, it is IGN.

    On another note, there’ll be lots of rounding-up for you lot to do tomorrow. :)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Razor

    I can’t wait for tomorrow.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. cookiejar

    Of all the stuff I’ve seen for Kinect, which isn’t that much actually, this looked the worst. Feels like Sega are just jumping on as quick as they can again, with rubbish, like they did with Sonic The Hedgehog on the PS3/360.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. get2sammyb

    This looked terrible in the GiantBomb quick-look, and Eurogamer recently ran a preview shitting all over it. Maybe it’s improved beyond recognition.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Johnny Cullen

    Yeah, Keza didn’t exactly give it all the love in the world in that EG preview.

    Still, Dance Central has to be the pick of the launch line-up.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. The_Red

    Let’s see… Sega says that we’ve released too many Sonic games in the past and now will have to focus more on quality than quality. Then they go and release 3 Sonic games in less than 3 months.

    Also, I checked Sonic Riders on PS2 and it was a truly mediocre game. Does Kinect really improve the experience or…

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mathare92

    So what scores do we see Dance Central getting tomorrow, lads?

    I’m expecting 9′s and 10′s across the board with all the wordings of “revolutionary”, “killer app”, and so on…

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    Mostly 8s I reckon. Some 9s, some 7s and a SHOCKHORROR 4 from one of the usual suspects (destructoid or someone like that)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DaMan

    I fail to grasp the scoring system of Ign. they described the Castlevania game as mediocre to lame, while giving it a 7.5.

    their God Hand review is legendary.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    @Retardman,
    “fail to grasp the scoring system of Ign. they described the Castlevania game as mediocre to lame, while giving it a 7.5.”

    For your “Good For Nothing” brain: Each reviewer have individual taste and view on each subject.
    There is no Score system in reviews. For some reviewers 7.5 is a good game, for some idiots 7.5 is mediocre and lame.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DaMan

    me no speak latvian. a 7.5 score good means, while if the text say I quote :

    ‘Konami describes Castlevania: Lords of Shadow as a reboot for the 25-year old franchise. I’d say it’s an unrelated game that borrows the “Castlevania” name. None of the common gameplay elements you’d expect from the series are to be found here, nor does Lords of Shadow star any familiar characters or include recognizable music. The only loose connection is the presence of vampires, werewolves, and skeletons. This action adventure game that’s heavy on combat actually has much more in common with God of War than Castlevania. There is definitely fun to be had with Lords of Shadow and it’s drop dead gorgeous at times, but Castlevania fans might be left in the dark.’

    so say they it no Castlevania, it GoW clone is.

    ‘.. the game is a linear exploration game rather than a “Metroidvania” game. There’s no map, hardly any exploration, poorly-implemented combat that feels like “going through the motions”, no camera control, has framerate issues, and stars the rather brilliant Patrick Stewart but has him “stooping to eye-rolling melodrama”.’

    good job did you, erzatwatus. failed you have understand to what me said, while calling me idiot.

    try harder do time next, erzanutter.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. DaMan

    ah, me forgot.

    butthurted you.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. stretch215

    @17 that’s the type of unprovoked nonsense we don’t need on this site. Is that really necessary?

    #20 5 years ago
  21. LOLshock94

    gamesTM and everyone else with give this a 5

    #21 5 years ago
  22. lexph3re

    See I’m almost certain the kinects biggest feats will be in dancing games. The sitting on a stool bit just appears to be dangerous for me and overweight gamers. I am 6’3 and 210 lbs if I lean forward on a stool to long I will fall forward. Soooo… that being my personal flaw I can see it happening to others.

    Now, as for this stool issue. Are we planning on seeing the kinect is nightclubs and bars now? Can it function in those’s atmospheres? I must research this more!

    As for the sonic riders in kinect this 7.5 is higher then I’d have expected. I truely expected like 5-6.5 scores. But, forthe time being I applaud this game with a slow clap.
    /clap
    /clap

    /clap

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @20, you are right, but he is a SPECIAL :D

    @Retardman, “me no speak latvian”, “erzatwatus”, “erzanutter”

    Oh, so who is butthurted? Owwwwwww….. ^^^^^

    “a 7.5 score good means, while if the text say I quote”

    Who said that 7.5 is GOOD for IGN? Retardman as always shows his mighty knowledge :3
    Good game for them starts at 8.0+ or at 8.5

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Callum

    Aye, dance central will clean up, while other games will probably get a wide range depending heavily on the reviewer. If Ellie on eurogamer does one I will be very happy as she is a very funny lady.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. DaMan

    stretch215, this guy is some mentally handicapped 22 year old from a latvian shithole, and since he has noone to either like or hate irl, he lives on the internet. see how he describes me? that’s because I’m the bad (which automatically implies stupid as well) one, internet vendetta.

    erzatwatus, dumbfuck you are. what else can i say. that was the point, the scoring system is flawed. who are you, dipshit twat anyway? why would anyone give a crap what you think about it? (other than for the lulz of course). get back to fapping over those 2d hentai titties, nutcase.

    did I mention that you’re a retard as well? say hello to the patients at Riga Mental Hospital for me.

    ah, I forgot. retard.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Kuwabara

    Time to diskinect it.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Galactic_Barret

    Oh, wow. Maybe I owe Gadzooks an apology. Are we really calling others retards now? Truly OD.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. mathare92

    @24 An Ellie review of Dance Central would be PURE GOLD. :D

    @26 How long did it take you to come up with that?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    “erzatwatus” “dumbfuck you are” “who are you, dipshit twat anyway?” “get back to fapping over those 2d hentai titties” “nutcase” “retard” “ah, I forgot. retard.”

    WOW :D A record. You Kiss your Mother with that mouth? We’ve got some brain damage here :D Probably destruction or degeneration of brain cells.

    “that was the point, the scoring system is flawed”

    Retardman, degeneration in your face. There is no scoring system because each author have individual vision over a subject. Review score represents his mood and how he felt playing this game. :D Hah, you won’t understand that anyway… After… THIRD POST :lol:

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    Dear god… this place lately. I’ve seen more intelligent discourse at gamefaqs.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. No_PUDding

    Either that, or this IS intelligent, and maybe we’ve been part of a joke. This is all a film set in your computer room.

    Theyve been filming for a while. Lucky nothing goes on in internet-connected computer rooms. Nothing questionable.

    Sorry, I’m getting off-topic. The point is, people wank in computer rooms.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    It could be that, or it could be that I have been hitting myself in the head with a hammer rather a lot lately. It might explain a significant amount of this.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Crysis

    @17, IGN has a score system for their reviews, http://au.games.ign.com/ratings.html
    But it’s only an individual’s opinion, just as valid as any other comment from anyone else who has played it, you can never really trust a review anyways, just look @ GTA IV, while i love it & nearly every single reviewer loved it, there are many who hate the theme of it, & after playing GTA: San Andreas, many also hated the lack of customization.
    Also there are games such as Super Mario Galaxy, Resident Evil 4, The Legend of Zelda & GoldenEye 007 which are some of the most popular games of all time, but when i played them while they were new, all i thought was meh.
    Reviews are just opinions, don’t follow them blindly, some people do =/

    #33 5 years ago
  34. DaMan

    oh, you deserve every single word of those.

    dude, let’s face the facts really. you’re an idiot. off the top of my head: users Ghz told you, DSB, Mushroom told you, dozens of others told you. on numerous topics, in numerous conversations. to each and everyone of them you respond with the same denial and that ‘butthurted’ word. I take it you still haven’t realized that the word ‘butthurted’ doesn’t exist.. fucktard? indeed. it’s not even funny anymore, it’s embarassing.

    now, your communication skills are so poor one can hardly understand what you’re trying to say at all. sadly, it even has nothing to do with your bad english, you merely fail to uh, talk (write)… I ‘m pretty sure your russian/latvian is as poor and childish. not only that but you *always* don’t know what you’re talking about.

    erzamess, your attempts at err, humor and insults look silly. they have the exact opposite effect.. do the internet a favour and pick up an ABC book for starters..

    now, you silly rabbit are telling me there’s no ‘scoring system’ when all you did a couple of months ago was ranting evrywhere on this website how 10 should mean ‘perfect’ instead of ‘exceptional’? you re telling me now there’s no meaning behind any scores whasoever? tell you what, after that I would seriously visit your local Riga clinic, you obviously need it.

    by the way, Ign isn’t just an opinion from a guy on the internet, those folks get paid for writing recommendations. they aren’t doing it for the lulz. they’ve taken upon themselves to recommend games to people, and these games cost money. thus, Ign’s reviews should be consistent in their scoring.

    and like i said before, giving out a 0.75 to a mediocre game is a fundamentally flawed system, since if their scores start out at 5-7, they basically say there’s no such thing as poor titles. which is in fact, a cleverly disguised way of avoiding problems with any of the publishers.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Crysis

    @34, for shame, you should know better than to attempt to prove yourself to him, he deserves nothing, he is THE most hated person on this site, we shouldn’t even bother reading his ridiculous comments, let alone reply to them, he’s too naive to comprehend any proof anyways… just don’t waste your time trying to teach an old dog new tricks.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. DaMan

    it’s for the sport atm.

    how this dumbass still isn’t banned from this place is beyond me though. he does indeed approach the line those banned users have crossed. since every single comment thread he appeared in is a mess. it’s even unfair really.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Crysis

    Well, we can only hope that he finally realizes that no one here likes him so that he would just stfu.
    Pretty much every article on the forum that he has commented in has “Erthazus is a Twat” & “Twathazus” as tags, no idea who’s tagging them, but i can’t blame them.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Galactic_Barret

    Ladies and Gentleman, I believe we have the reason why Kenji left Capcom.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Ge0force

    I’m surprised, this was the only ‘interesting’ launch game of Kinect imo…

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Gadzooks!

    Moderators… for christ sake. Clean this place up, it has become a cesspool.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. back_up

    Motion controls should be put in the sony’s president Butt
    just like jim did in bruce almighty

    #41 5 years ago

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  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]